Questions tagged [pre-grant]

Related to procedures between the patent holder and the patent offices, opposing a patent before grant and similar questions. (The only way to do that is a Third Party Observation (TPO), so please include that tag if your question is about opposing a patent application.)

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EDA software (IC design)

Looking for prior art on this: http://www.google.com/patents/US20130290834 Best answered by IC design people who use that kind of software. Basically looking for what's in the main figure, two ...
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Location-based marketing - Providing ticketing and access to attractions. (Smart Destinations) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Enhanced marketing responsive to customer path data between attractions - This application from Smart Destinations, Inc seeks to patent the idea of...Enhanced data collection ...
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Is this patent valid? Or just granted and never used

In reference to the patent: US8602429 Is this patent Valid? There are a lot of manufactures wordwide who sells exact this product. Can someone check for me if there are any issues going on with this ...
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Can there be enforcement action in Europe for patents not yet granted?

I see in that, assuming national law provides for it, there are provisional rights in EPO application from the day of publication. Art. 67(1) EPC: A European patent application shall, from the date ...
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Is the Domino's Pizza Tracker actually patent pending?

4 years ago Domino's launched the "pizza tracker". It has since then said "Patent Pending" on the tracker image. Is this actually patent pending? Any chance they would actually get the patent? ...
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What is the difference between withdrawing an application (MPEP § 1308) and expressly abandoning an application to avoid publication (§ 1125)?

More specifically, what effects does withdrawing an application have? And what effects does expressly abandoning an application have?
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Social Networking - Processing User Contact Information (Renren) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON SOCIAL NETWORKING - This application from Renren (China) seeks to patent the idea of...initiating social network services between two users based on contact information! 10 ...
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Run-level video encoding - Copied from Open Source Logs (Tandberg) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON run-level encoding for video - This application from Cisco seeks to patent work that was previously published as open-source software! 10 minutes of your time can help narrow US ...
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Prior art request for WO2014027990 "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline"

I would like help finding prior art for WO2014027990 A1, please. The patent "Performance tests in a continuous deployment pipeline" by some employees of HP (filed Aug 13 2012, published Feb 20, 2014) ...
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Filing of a PCT without disclosing all previous applications

A competitor of mine has filed a PCT application recently. They operate in Pakistan and Canada. I would like to challenge this PCT application. The timeline is my concern here: 2013-11-04: They ...
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DNA Analytics in the Cloud - Cloud computing environment for biological data (Illumina) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON DNA Analytics in the cloud - This application from Illumina seeks to patent the idea of...DNA analysis done by a server which is remote to the DNA sequencer! 10 minutes of your ...
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Very Difficult Low Productivity Examiner with Questionable Approach - What Options for Applicant? UPDATE

An institutional entity filed a patent application. It's tangential to their primary subject, and probably is a placeholder until refined. A few months later an individual (me) filed a significantly ...
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Application rejected at examination stage - How to proceed best?

Some months ago I filed an application for a national patent (in an EU country). The examiner pointed out several amendments to be made, which I did after I discussed with him twice. Eventually the ...
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Tracking and Managing Group Expenditures (Google) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a Final Rejection by the US Patent Office! The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! Thanks to YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Social Networking - Analyzing contents of discussion threads whose contents change with time (Sony) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Determining whether or not features of discussion thread pages have changed with time - This application from Sony seeks to patent the idea of...Recording contents of an ...
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Targeted Promotions - Vendor promotions based on current location (Capital One) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Targeting promotions based on location of vendors with respect to user's current location. - This application from Finnoble Solutions, now Capital One seeks to patent the idea ...
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METHOD FOR THE 3D RECONSTRUCTION OF A SCENE US20180063506 - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

US 20180063506 This application seeks to patent a method which has been previously published in a PhD thesis in: https://www.theses.fr/2014PA066593 [pre-grant][prior-art-request]
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ONLINE ESCORT SERVICE Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This Patent Application received a non-final rejection by the US Patent Office! An initial rejection is part of the typical course of a patent application. Thanks to the YOU, the Ask Patents ...
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Scaling based on pixel density (Microsoft) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

In 2013, this Patent Application has received a final rejection by the US Patent Office. The rejection was based in part on prior art found by Ask Patents community below! The main reference cited by ...
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Proximity-based online marketplace - Connecting nearby buyers and sellers (Zaarly, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON location-based online marketplaces - This application from Zaarly, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...An online marketplace which associates a geographic location with each ...
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How do I know if the patent is granted

How do I know if the below patent is granted? Application Number: 14055444 Application Date: 16.10.2013 Publication Number: 20140114871 Publication Date: 24.04.2014 Publication Kind : A1 ...
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18 mo application publication start from continuation filing date or original filing date?

When a continuation application is filed, does publication of the patent application occur 18 mo. after the original application or the continuation filing date (assuming 18 mo. disclosure is required)...
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BLE location system and method - PRIOR ART REQUEST for US patent 2016164368

Prior Art Request for US patent WO 2016164368 A1 / US20160295376 - Bluetooth low energy location system and method. Help keep the use of iBeacon and Low Energy Bluetooth as location-based technology ...
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Prior Art for US20150095841 A1 ‘Composable Analytics’ and Data Flow Based programming?

In reference to the patent application: US20150095841 and its images which are all viewable here. What references to prior art are necessary and sufficient to counter this patent application? The ...
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Audio Encoding - Audio Hyperlinks (Apple) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

A PATENT APPLICATION ON embedding hyperlinks into audio signals - This application from Apple seeks to patent the idea of...putting hypertextual information into sound streams. 10 minutes of your time ...
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Paper Wallet - Creating And Using Digital Currency - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This overly broad patent application claims methods of storing bitcoin public and private keys on a physical device (a paper wallet), and claims methods of protecting value stored on a physical device ...
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Prior art request for US20120203457 A1 - Showing a calendar on a map with route optimization between points

Multiple claims are made in this patent application that could be summarized as follows Show travel routes between two or more events on a map with a display Optimize a schedule based on the most ...
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Content Feed - Advertising content with a feed (Outbrain) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON an advertising unit consisting of a content feed - This application from Outbrain seeks to patent the idea of...Creating a content feed and using it as an advertising unit! 10 ...
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There is very clear prior art for patent application WO2014145999A

In reference to the patent: WO2014145999A3 The inventions in this patent are entirely described by the Diploma Thesis of Kai Niklas submitted on 11th June 2010 http://www.l3s.de/~tahmasebi/...
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3D Printing - Seam Concealment for 3D Models - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This patent application filed by Stratasys claims to invent the concept of printing seamless 3D objects by hiding layer path endpoints inside the object’s visible outer surface. Letting this patent ...
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Options for submitting prior art on a patent application after the 6 month window passed?

There's a patent application close to issuance for an "invention" we have significant pieces of prior art for, but the time allowed for third party submissions under 35 U.S.C. 122(e) has passed. MPEP ...
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US20100332310 - Location Based System & Method for Issuing Prizes on Mobile Devices - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Others have delivered mobile advertising using geolocation since before the patent us20100332310 was filed in Jun 25, 2009. Have you seen prior art before Jun 25,2009? Systems and methods for ...
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Classification of digital images - Digital Images classification in semantic categories (IV) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON classifying digital images into semantic categories - This application from IV seeks to patent the idea of...Generating time-based event boundaries detected in a plurality of ...
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Locating Picture hotspots - Determining nearby picture hotspots (Intellectual Ventures) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON finding the nearby picture hotspots based on location data and user data - This application from Intellectual Ventures seeks to patent the idea of...Transmit location data and ...
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Using Bluetooth to setup Wifi (Samsung) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

This application from Samsung seeks to patent a method for using one type of wireless connection, such as Bluetooth, to setup a second wireless connection such as Wi-Fi Direct. 10 minutes of your ...
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Interactive Map - Is Apple trying to patent 40-year-old GIS methods? - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

Apple recently filed for an "Interactive Map" patent that in every way resembles a collection of technologies and methods known as "Geographic Information Systems" (GIS). 10 ...
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US20140108489 A1 "Flowlet-based processing" - Quite like my own lab's work

http://www.google.com/patents/US20140108489 I work on a system that closely resembles the invention described in the above application. It in fact shares a common intellectual lineage, dating back ...
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Cloud Storage - Synchronizing output of streaming media data across devices (Accenture) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON synchronizing the output of data across devices - This application from Accenture seeks to patent the idea of...synchronizing playback of streaming media on multiple devices! 10 ...
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This Patent is for a process that that was invented by someone else

In reference to the patent: US20140101112 This patent application is for a process and software systems that were built by my company years before the Applicant was ever in business. How can I ...
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Prior art seems to exist

In reference to the patent: US 2010/0080432 A1 A paper has been published that would constitute prior art for this patent: "PIB-PET SEGMENTATION FOR AUTOMATIC SUVR NORMALISATION WITHOUT MR ...
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Hover board patent way too vague

The patent on the hover board is far too broad and should not be approved. Found two videos on YouTube demonstrating how a super magnet will bounce off of a conductive surface: Magnet Brakes Fall on ...
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How can I determine the status of a patent application?

I would like to know whether this patent application was granted or not. How can I do that? Is there a way to check the status? In reference to the patent: US20100195872
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Mobile Search - Organizing search results based on user location and availability of stores (Inrix, Inc.) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON Search results based on user location and whether stores are open or closed nearby - This application from Inrix, Inc. seeks to patent the idea of...determining a user's ...
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Help Open Source - BitCoin and CryptoCurrency Mining - prior art requested for US 2014/0019693 A1

This application is claiming everything that is involved in Bitcoin mining or any other cryptocurrency mining using Asic chips where the block chain is segmented and hashed by multiple parallel hash ...
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I want to invalidate a pending patent (not granted yet) because of an intentional omission of an inventor. What is the exact procedure?

If an inventor is intentionally not named in a patent, that is, there is no dispute she is an inventor but for subjective reasons is left out of the inventor's list, how does one go towards ...
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Real-time social networking - Social networking within an organization (SAP) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST

AN OVERBROAD PATENT ON exploring social connections from an in-memory database - This application from SAP seeks to patent the idea of...Identifying an attribute in a profile associated with a first ...
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Has application US 13/346,940 been granted?

What is the current status of the patent application number US 13/346,940?
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Prior Art from 2002 for XML to XSD generation?

In reference to the patent: US20110320926 I worked on a project that became an Apache (open source) project. The functionality and methods described in this patent existed in the Apache XMLBeans ...
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Can I sell beauty berry extract or essential oil or create a repellant if the isolate (callicarpenal) of a plant has been patented?

In reference to the patent: US 2006/0235071 A1
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A dangerous patent application may derail a simple technology to compost food waste. Please help

We have a small company that makes soil amendments from post-consumer food waste, which we compost using acidic anaerobic fermentation, also called Bokashi, the Japanese term, where the technique was ...